Benjamin Butterfield & Sarah Hagen – Sunday Feb 26, 2017

Pianist Sarah Hagen & Tenor Benjamin ButterfieldBenjamin Butterfield & Sarah Hagen
Sunday February 26, 2017 2:00 pm

Tenor Benjamin Butterfield and pianist Sarah Hagen unite in a magical offering from the voice and piano repertoire, giving a musical expression of artistry and human emotion.

Praised by The New York Times as “clarion-voiced and vibrant”, Benjamin Butterfield is known for his performances throughout North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Born in Halifax NS and raised in Victoria BC, Benjamin began singing in school choirs and at his local church (Christ Church Cathedral). After graduating from McGill University he received grants from the Canada Council to work with David Gordon in Philadelphia, Diane Forlano in London and Leopold Simoneau in Victoria. In a career spanning thirty years, highlights have included tours with Trevor Pinnock and the English Concert as well as with Marc Minkowski and Les Musiciens du Louvre. On the operatic stage he has toured with the Welsh National Opera, New York City Opera, Canterbury Opera in New Zealand and with Canada’s Opera Atelier. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, with the Chicago Symphony at the Ravinia Festival, the Hollywood Bowl with the LA Philharmonic, Le Capitole in Toulouse, the Carmel Bach Festival in California as well as participating in the St. Matthew Passion at the Saito Kinen Festival in Japan under Seiji Ozawa. A prolific recording artist, he has recorded for Analekta, Dorian, CBC Records, Koch International and Timpani (France). He has been featured in Messiah on ZDF at the Handel-Festspiele Halle with Trevor Pinnock and the English Concert and on CBC Radio as a guest host twice for “This is my Music”. Recently Benjamin recorded the St. John Passion with the Bach Choir of Bethlehem (Analekta), the Rhien transcription of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde for Yellow Barn, and a sixth CD of Ukrainian Art Song for the Ukrainian Art Song Project in Toronto. He is currently Associate Professor, head of voice and co-head of performance for the School of Music at the University of Victoria, and is the 2015 recipient of the UVic. Craigdarroch Award for Excellence in Artistic Expression. He has served as guest faculty for Opera Nuova, the Amalfi Coast Music Festival in Italy, The Victoria Conservatory Summer Vocal Academy, Vancouver International Song Institute, Yellow Barn, and Opera on the Avalon.

BC Touring Council’s 2015 Touring Artist of the Year, pianist Sarah Hagen has been heard in concert halls and on the airwaves throughout North America and Europe. As a First Prize Winner in the 2013 Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition, she was awarded the opportunity to perform solo at New York City’s Carnegie Hall. An avid collaborator, Sarah has performed with cellist Ariel Barnes, violinist Robert Uchida, Trio Accord, Ballet Victoria, the Emily Carr String Quartet, among many others, and has appeared as soloist with the Victoria Symphony, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the West Coast Symphony Orchestra, and the Symphony Orchestra of the Pacific. She is Artistic Director for Pro’ject Sound, a performance project involving live piano with large-scale projected images. Sarah’s debut solo album, Glass House Dancing, was nominated for Classical Recording of the Year at the 2009 Western Canadian Music Awards. Her second album, Devoted: Music of Robert & Clara Schumann, features solo piano works and Clara Schumann’s Romances, Opus 22 with violinist Martin Chalifour, concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. She currently resides in Toronto where she is putting the finishing touches on her one-woman musical comedy act, “Perk up, pianist!”.

This concert will be opened by another of our wonderful North Okanagan “Rising Stars” – harpist, Shae Fraser. Following a successful opening for the 2016 George Elliot Secondary School’s year end music recital, Shae was  featured at a local open air concert in Lake Country. Shae has been playing for just 4 years, studying with local harpist Kate Oswald. She finds inspiration in Celtic folk songs and fantasy soundtracks, along with harpists from the internet that share a similar musical taste.

Concert Program:

John Beckwith (1927- ) Young Man From Canada
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) Abendempfindung (“Evening sensations”)
Hugo Wolf (1860-1903) Fußreise (“Journey on foot”)
Max Reger (1873-1916) Schwalbenmütterlein (“Little Mother Swallow”)
Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) Ablösung im Sommer (“Change in Summer”)
Arnold Schönberg (1874-1951) Waldsonne (“Sun in the forest”)
Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) Five Greek Songs
Harry Nilsson (1941-1994) Puppy Song
Nobody Cares About The Railroads Anymore
Michael Flanders (1922-1975)
& Donald Swann (1923-1994)
The gas man cometh
A G–nu
The Warthog
The Hippopotamus

Adults – $40  Under 18 – $20
Students on the 8to12 program – $5

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